An employee works on a production line of battery trays for new energy vehicles in Zouping, East China’s Shandong province. [Photo/Xinhua]

WASHINGTON – China’s economy is projected to expand by 7.9 percent in 2021 following 1.9 percent growth in 2020, as economic activity continues to normalize and domestic COVID-19 outbreaks remain under control, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Friday.